Tanning salon robbers found, charged

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — Less than a week after two Riverview men held up a tanning salon, police identified and located the suspects, who now face prison time for armed robbery.

Adam Hammerle, 30, and Michael Santangelo, 20, were arraigned Aug. 15 before 28th District Court Judge James Kandrevas on one count count each of armed robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Hammerle also was charged as a habitual offender.

Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs said the suspects entered the South Beach Tanning Salon, 13262 Northline, shortly before the business closed at 11 p.m. Aug. 10.

“They produced a handgun and told the clerk to give them the money,” Coombs said. One of the men wore a ski mask while the other carried a small duffel bag in which they put the cash taken from the register.

They left — with $266 cash — and were seen heading north in a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Coombs said investigators reviewed security footage, spoke with witnesses and had the suspects in custody Wednesday.

Hammerle and Santangelo remained in custody awaiting a preliminary examination of the evidence against them scheduled for Friday.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)